21st century technology is bringing Shakespeare's 16th century drama to life in a new project launched by Northern Broadsides, Filament Projects and Stute Theatre.
A brand new mobile app provides background information, learning resources and even drama exercises based on Shakespeare's language and stagecraft. The app runs alongside the current touring co-production of Much Ado About Nothing by Northern Broadsides and New Vic Theatre.
By scanning a map of Messina, where the action is based, students, audiences and lovers of the Bard can "lean in and listen" to the play's back stories, immersing themselves in an interactive, augmented reality tour of key locations from the play.
As they move around the city through the screen of their mobile device, they can watch videos and listen to music, enhancing their understanding and enjoyment of the production, which is set in the 1940s after World War II.
The app and augmented reality content are the result of a collaboration between Northern Broadsides, Filament Projects, Stute Theatre and augmented reality specialists ooh-AR.
Sophia Hatfield, who is playing Margaret, has written and will perform in 'A Muddle in Messina', alongside two other cast members. 'A Muddle in Messina', directed by Sarah Richardson, is a fun introduction to Shakespeare for children aged 4-11. The show will tour to Library venues alongside 'Much Ado About Nothing', and features original live music, Shakespearean language and engaging storytelling.
Sophia will also lead high school workshops for young people to gain confidence and insight into Northern Broadsides' unique approach to Shakespeare.
Everyone who attends the 'A Muddle In Messina Performances' or 'Listening In' workshops will receive a printed map so they can enjoy the Augmented Reality content on their very own devices.